CBB Betting – Saint Louis to make a statement over Xavier on Tuesday
Written by North Shore Sports, INC
Log on to Bookmaker Sportsbook for Super Tuesday and look for Saint Louis to make a statement over Xavier on the CBB betting odds. For the most betting options on all CBB games, bet this game at the world’s top ranked sportsbook.
The Xavier Musketeers (17-10, 10-14-1 ATS) have been a major disappointment in CBB betting this season while the Saint Louis Billikens (22-5, 14-8-1 ATS) are one of the best mid-majors in the country, so look for the Billikens to make a statement at Chaifetz Arena in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, February 28th at 9:00 ET.
We feel that Saint Louis is the best team in the Atlantic 10 this season, and their amazing ranking of 10th in the country overall on the Pomeroy Ratings only supports that belief. Yes, the Billikens trail first place Temple by one game in conference play and they lost to the Owls head-to-head in Saint Louis on the CBB betting lines, but the Billikens possess the better overall body of work.
That is why Saint Louis is a Top 10 team in Pomeroy’s eyes while Temple is only ranked 31st overall, and the Billikens have also already beaten these Musketeers 73-68 at Xavier on January 25th.
Xavier was actually the preseason favorite to win the Atlantic 10 and the Musketeers appeared to be on their way with an 8-0 start to the year. However, the infamous brawl at Cincinnati took place in that eighth win and the Musketeers are only 9-10 since then and in real danger of not making the NCAA Tournament.
This is the best Saint Louis team in the time that Coach Rick Majerus has been there, and he deserves a lot of credit as a recruiter in this case as he personally recruited this entire team to fit his system. The result has been a team that is still underrated on the CBB betting odds from our point of view, at least to the national public.
Anyone that uses power ratings knows better though, as not only are the Billikens ranked 10th in the country by Pomeroy, but they are also ranked 17th by Sagarin, still higher than any casual observer would expect. Saint Louis is a team that does everything well on both sides of the ball, and it certainly does things the Majerus way.
The Billikens have almost a Wisconsin style of offense, as they rank 310th in the nation with a tempo rating of 62.6 possessions per game, and yet they rank 36th in offensive efficiency and 45th in effective field goal percentage, an indication that they almost always work to find the best shot.
Saint Louis can also smother you defensively. Now we realize that the fact that the Billikens rank seventh in the country in scoring defense at 56.1 points per game is rather meaningless because of the slow pace of their in CBB betting games, but not meaningless are the facts that they rank ninth in defensive efficiency, 16th in effective field goal percentage against and 17th in turnover percentage.
Xavier is a total mess right now and can easily be frustrated by a team that plays Saint Louis’s style, so look for a double-digit Billikens’ victory.
CBB Betting Pick: Take the Saint Louis Billikens on Tuesday
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